First Amendment News

Giuliani stumbles in election fraud defamation case

Georgia election workers suing former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for defamation claim he failed to turn over key text messages and emails that showed him conspiring with Trump lawyers and others to develop a fake case of election fraud against them. The election workers are asking a federal district judge to find for them in the defamation case or at the least demand that Giuliani turn over his electronic devices so authorities can search

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Petition asks FCC to deny license to Fox affiliate in Philadelphia

A petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission would deny the license renewal of Fox TV station in Philadelphia. The petition says that the station is not just a business but also a public trust: “It is crucial to our democracy that broadcasting remain a trusted source of news. A company that knowingly and repeatedly presents false news just to placate its core viewers undermines that sense of trust. The false news presented by Fox

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Supreme Court decision on website free speech gets mixed reviews

Megan McArdle in The Washington Post, June 30, 2023, argues that the Supreme Court’s decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis was correct given previous decisions against compelled speech. “What we can do is settle on a truce that allows each side a reasonable degree of freedom,” she writes, “Religious traditionalists shouldn’t be able to stop LGBTQ folks from getting married or accessing public accommodations such as housing or health care, but civil rights authorities shouldn’t

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Brave new world arrives with uncensored chatbots

A.I. chatbots developed by independent programmers or teams of volunteers have downloaded unrestricted chatbots and using them without the guardrails employed by social media and tech companies. Many are fearful that the new chatbots will turbo charge the threats of online child pornography, hate and lies. It is clear that the new developers are not interested in censoring themselves so what can be done given the vital role of free speech in the U.S.? (The

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Federal judge restricts Biden contact with social media companies

The Biden administration is restricted in its contacts with social media companies on content moderation in a preliminary injunction issued by a district federal judge in Louisiana. “This targeted suppression of conservative ideas is a perfect example of viewpoint discrimination of political speech,” wrote Judge Terry Doughty. “American citizens have the right to engage in free debate about the significant issues affecting the country.” The Biden administration said they were acting to safeguard safety, security

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